It is important for Christians to penetrate the culture and to strive in the words of the apostle Paul "to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). Not everyone is called to what is often labeled "full-time Christian ministry", if by that is meant serving as a pastor or teacher or missionary. These are vital callings indeed and we need more of each category to serve the Lord Jesus in these days. But these are not the only legitimate Christian callings. Believers need to function as Christians wherever they are and in whatever they are doing. This involves having a good Christian testimony and being ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, but it also means that we think as Christians and seek to apply the teaching of the Bible to every area of endeavor.
Here is a link to an article that appeared in the business section the Globe and Mail yesterday about my brother Jonathan. He was recently appointed as the CEO of AIC, a Burlington based financial company. Over the years Jonathan has tried to think and act as a Christian in an environment that can sometimes be hostile to Christian values and yet it is an important area of life that is under the sovereign control of God whether those participating in it realize that or not. The Christian church needs to learn from the example of those, like Jonathan, who are trying to fulfill the injunction of Paul to bring every thought into captivity to Christ. We need to encourage all Christians to glorify God in whatever they are called to do (1 Corinthians 10:31). And we need to pray for our brothers and sisters as they labor for our Lord across the spectrum of human life and experience.
Jonathan will be speaking at our student and faculty chapel at Toronto Baptist Seminary this Tuesday on the topic: "Faith, Risk, and Sovereignty".